Think you know every SPN episode inside and out? So did I, but a new HDTV with a great picture and sound changed all that. I started to see things that I'd never noticed before. After a while I decided to make a list of all the things big and small that I came across, episode by episode.
I'd like to think of this as an in-depth look into Supernatural. It's a collection of interesting observations, continuity errors, goofs, filmmaking techniques, statistics, important (or not so important) information, trivia, and anything else that struck me as unusual.
Beware! This post is image heavy.
|A few important notes...|
Over the run of the S1 SPN Revealed posts, I was asked how I'm so good at spotting continuity errors and other little happenings in the episodes. The simple answer is that I've worked as a Script Supervisor (also known as Continuity in England) in the past. I only worked on a few college student and independent films, but I know the job well. The Script Supervisor does a lot, but the basic job description is to keep track of continuity during filming, everything from hair & make-up, to props and lighting. On the set, you have to catch everything you can - quickly. The difference with doing this to SPN episodes is that I can take my time, back up the video countless times, and even look frame by frame.
I don't hunt down these instances to be critical of the SPN crew. I know even from my limited experience how hard they work every week and I have the utmost respect for them. But it's interesting what little mistakes get by even a professional crew. It's also interesting to continue to find new elements to these episodes that many of us have seen dozens of times.
Get Involved: I'm always open to continuity errors, etc. spotted by others. If you see something that I don't have in a post, drop me a comment in the post or a PM, and I'll look into it. If I can confirm it and include it in that episode's post, I'll give you credit for the find.
For this reason, these posts will occasionally be updated. I'll post about the changes when they occur.
All the caps in these posts are my own. While most of these will not be suitable for other uses, due to my cropping and highlighting, you're free to take any that you like. All I ask is that you give me credit for them. Thanks! :D
You can see a bandaid on Jensen's left hand in this CU (close-up) shot of him holding the gun from the teaser.
The beer Dean walks in with is labeled "Larklair Tejas Dark Ale".
Sam is holding Dean's LG Verison cell phone. It's directing them along Oregon 224 West (an actual highway, btw). The town they're headed to, Rivergrove, Oregon is fictional, however.
Aliases: Billy Gibbons & Frank Beard, US Marshals. Gibbons & Beard are members of the band, ZZ Top.
We find out more about John's Marine background. He was a Corporal in Company Echo 2-1.
Sarge is sitting outside of Vargo's...apparently his own store. We also find out in a later scene that his first name is Mark. Oh, and that building doesn't actually exist. It was put up by the production crew. In fact, it looks an awful lot like the Roadhouse building.
When the boys find the word Croatoan on the pole, they're right outside of Vaughn's Discount Clothing store, a fictional business.
Sign outside the Tanner's house: "Born To Fish, Forced To Work". Note that the horseshoe holding the sign, which is for good luck is actually upside down, which lets the luck run out.
Dean door kick!
Dean shoots Mr. Tanner 3 times. In fact, Dean will always fire at someone 3 times throughout the episode.
Great example of a shot switching from actor (Nolan Gerard Funk playing Jake Tanner)...
to stunt double just before he jumps out the window.
You can clearly see the stunt double in these multiple shots of him falling through the window.
If you look right above the pay phone you'll see a street sign for Mavis Avenue. That's the actual street in Fort Langley, BC where this episode was filmed.
Maybe it's a sign of how out of it the people in the town are becoming, but Dean manages to pull Mr. Tanner's dead body out of the trunk of the Impala and into the clinic without anyone even noticing (or at least caring).
According to Dr. Lee the nearest town is Sidewinder (not a real town), which is 40 miles to the south.
This building in real life is not a Medical Clinic.
When Dean leaves the Clinic in the Impala he heads out of town on the same street they came in on. You can see the sign for Mavis Ave again and this road the Impala has turned onto is actually River Rd.
License plate on the car Dean finds: Oregon WTF 4C7.
Great overhead shot as Dean gets out of the Impala to investigate the abandoned car.
There's some unique shots out the windshield of the Impala in this episode. First when Dean drives up to the bridge...
and again just before he's confronted by Sarge.
Nice bit of continuity here with the cuts from jumping out the window earlier on Jake Tanner's face.
When the Impala spins around to shake the guy holding on it is obviously a stunt guy driving, but that's Jensen driving the car as it races away from the blocked off bridge.
Speaking of stunts, that's really Jared crashing into that cabinet at the Clinic (using safety glass in place of the real stuff of course).
When Beverly Tanner attacks in the Clinic and Sam uses the oxygen tank to knock her out, you can see for a second that it's an inflatable fake tank.
Dr. Lee's first name is Amanda.
The boys wear the same clothes throughout most of the episode, except for in the motel at the beginning and the final scene.
Dean shoots 3 bullets into an infected Beverly Tanner.
When Duane Tanner arrives at the clinic a clock on the wall reads a few minutes after 6:00.
The nurse's full name is Pamela Clayton.
When Dean locks Sam in the examination room, there's a sign on the wall with the date November 19th.
Dean does the little cartridge tap against the gun, which was a common action in the early seasons of the show. You'll see where I've documented it in past SPN Revealed posts. ;)
You can also see the bandaid on Jensen's finger again.
Jared's stunt double can briefly be seen in this shot from when Pamela attacks Sam.
Dean door kick #2!
Dean shoots Pamela with 3 bullets.
You can see a bug fly by as Sam & Dean are having their emotional scene in the Clinic.
When Dean pulls the Impala away from the clinic he checks for traffic even though the town's now empty. lol
License plate of Sarge's truck: Oregon TMB 592.
We see demon-possessed Duane use the goblet of blood that we previously saw Meg use in S1's "Shadow".
Interesting progression of time at the end of this episode: It was dark when they discovered the town was empty.
Then daylight/morning when the group splits and leaves town.
But in the next scene when Duane kills Sarge, it's night again!
However, when we see the boys again, it's daylight and Sam mentions Dean talking about giving up the hunting life "last night". How could it be last night when we've already had a day and night go by???
Also note that this final scene takes place in sunlight with long shadows. There will be a break in continuity in the next episode, "Hunted", when the show resumes from this same location and scene. I'll talk more about it in that episode's post. ;)
Hope you enjoyed this revealing look at "Croatoan".
To see my SPN Revealed posts for S1, please go to my SPN Revealed S1: The Ultimate All Episodes Post.
And to view the previous SPN Revealed posts for S2, use my SPN Revealed S2 tag.